They say the only reason you should look back is to see how far you’ve come and I definitely have the tendency to do it often. I’m so grateful for everything in my life, but sometimes I can’t believe how far I’ve come. I feel like I say that a lot, but even talking to my mom the other day, she was telling me how she remembered my last few years of college when I used to call her bawling my eyes out because I couldn’t do it anymore. It wasn’t just college, but it was all these personal issues and all the unknowns of the future.
Looking back at my 2016 review and thinking about all the things that happened this year, I have to say 2017 was my best year yet. It really is like Steve Jobs said,
..like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.
I definitely had my moments of doubt and insecurity and I stressed out about unnecessary things, but there was so much more good than there was bad. In 2017, I moved to a boujie ass apartment, got a new job with a really nice pay bump, met awesome new friends, kept amazing old friends, and still kept catching flights, not feelings. (Okay, maybe I caught some feelings, but I caught flights to avoid those feelings!) I traveled to new places like Denver, Boston, Tulum, and Cancun and to old places like Tucson, Las Vegas, Austin, and Phoenix. I had a ton of firsts, a handful of lows, and a lot of highs.
I shot a gun for the first time and went to Tucson to celebrate my sister’s engagement.
My 5th grade best friend got married to the love of her life, I had a mini reunion with a few sorority sisters in Denver, and I moved from the suburbs to Uptown Dallas.
I celebrated a low key 28th birthday and went to my first Mavs game.
I visited Denver again and started a new contract job. It was a risky move for me because I don’t really like working contract positions, but I took the risk hoping that I’d get converted to a full time position or at the very least, that I’d get to learn some new skills to add to my resume.
Was a lowkey month for me, but I had another one of those moments where I reflected on the past 5 years of life. So much reflection that I wrote A Letter To My Newly College Graduated Self
Can’t believe that 5 years ago I graduated college “late.” I didn’t know where I was going or what I was doing in life but ‘it all worked out, girl we should’ve known.’ If 2012 Roxy could’ve heard from 2017 Roxy, she would’ve read this letter. #linkinbio #lettertomyself #reflection #theglowup #keeponkeepingon
I went to my first Texas Rangers game and went to Las Vegas to have a mini family reunion to celebrate Father’s Day and my Mom’s birthday.
Was spent exploring more of Dallas and realizing how much I really do love this city. Living in Uptown is a completely different experience from living in the suburbs. It kind of blows my mind how much I love it here because I said I’d never move to Texas and I really wasn’t expecting to love it so much.
My sister came to visit.
In September I did my first ever solo trip to Boston and went to my first ever Pats game at Gillette Stadium. You have no idea how happy I was to be there.
In October I went to my first music festival, Austin City Limits, with some of the best people in town.
was the most eventful month of the year. I got converted to a full time employee and for me, it reminded me that I really do love what I do for a living and it reinforced all the past life decisions I made. I went to Scottsdale, AZ to help my sister out with some wedding things and spent Thanksgiving weekend with some of my favorite people in Tulum and Cancun, Mexico. We visited Chichen Itza, Dos Ojos Cenote and I even went ziplining for the first time! It totally reminded me how much more of the world I need to see.
We met in 7th grade when I was Coke bottle glasses Roxy, she beat up my HS bf with a candy box when he cheated on me 🤣 (I wouldn’t put it past her to throw down today #harlem) We used to jump in her Xterra to go to Hickam beach, now we hop on planes to beach bum internationally 💙 from Hawaii to Arizona to Greece to Mexico and all around the world 😘 love you friend, I’m so proud of us 👯♀️ #foreverfriends #sinceeversince #islandgirls #beachbum #radfordrams #twerkteam #cherryblossombottoms #cbbhawaii #workhardplayhard #xyzexcursions
One of my best friends spontaneously visited me in Dallas. Some people seriously just get you and she’s definitely one of my people. Not to mention we can still act like little kids together.
3 days ago my BFF @jerikajoyous808 asked if she could come visit Dallas. I picked her up yesterday, we said yes to mimosas, hopped on some bikes and rode around Katy Trail. We’re out here pushin 30 but still acting like little kids 🤣 Some people just get you 🤷🏽♀️ #downforwhatever #katytrail #uptowndallas #lovemyuptown #katytrailicehouse #mappen #mappenapp #makesomethinghappen #realfriendshangout #hbtsp #hbtmappen
2017 was so good to me, but 2018 is mine.